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April 2, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Pop star and actor Justin Timberlake will be honored with the Big Help Award at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Nickelodeon announced.

Timberlake is being recognized at Saturday's event for his outstanding charitable and environmental efforts, the cable network said.

Jack Black will serve as host of the awards show at USC's Galen Center.

"Justin's ability to seamlessly incorporate helping into his life embodies the true spirit of the Big Help," Marva Smalls, executive vice president of public affairs and chief of staff at Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, said in a statement this week. "In true Big Help fashion, he combined his passion for helping kids with his love of golf and through his annual golf open benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children, came up with a way for people to have fun while helping kids get medical care."

"I was inspired at a young age by my parents and family to do everything possible to give back to the world around us," added Timberlake. "And it has become a mission of mine to help kids of all ages understand the importance of getting involved in their communities and local charities and doing their part to preserve the planet. I couldn't be more thankful to Nickelodeon for their recognition."


PRINCE WILLIAM: England's Prince William admits he is nervous about his upcoming wedding to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton.

The couple, who have been together for about eight years, are to marry April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London.

William was asked after demonstrating his work as a search-and-rescue pilot on a training exercise out of Royal Air Force Valley, where he is based, what is worrying him the most about the big day ahead, the London Evening Standard reported Friday.

"The whole thing!" the newspaper quoted the prince as saying. "I was telling everyone I did the rehearsal the other day and my knees started tapping quite nervously. It's quite a daunting prospect but very exciting and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it but there's still a lot of planning to be done in the last four weeks."


BILLY JOEL: Billy Joel may have scrapped plans for his memoir because he didn't want to talk about his substance abuse and failed marriages, the New York Post said.

Harper Collins was to publish the 61-year-old rock 'n' roll icon's "The Book of Joel" this summer.

The Post said Joel was paid a $2 million advance for the 368-page book, co-written by celebrity profiler Fred Schruers.

One music industry source told the newspaper the thrice-divorced Joel, who has been in and out of rehab several times, may not have wanted to relive certain episodes of his past in writing the book.

"He never fully confronted the 800-pound gorilla in the room. There needs to be a lot of dish in rock memoirs," the source said.

The Post said Schruers has declined to comment on the story.


PAULEY PERRETTE: U.S. television actress Pauley Perrette has collaborated with hip-hop newcomer B. Taylor on a single to be released next month on iTunes, Bungalo Records said.

Perrette is best known for her role as Agent Abby Sciuto on the TV drama "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service."

Her record with Navy veteran B. Taylor is called "Fire In Your Eyes." It is set for digital release May 3.

"Working with B. Taylor making music has been not only inspiring because he is so talented, but also a complete joy because he has such a generous and amazing spirit," Perrette said in a statement.

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